2. BMW R1200GS

BMW R1200GS

An icon among adventure bikes, the BMW R1200GS gets big praise from moto-journos and consumers alike for its amazing abilities, both on and off the pavement. The entire motorcycle, including the venerable Boxer engine, gets a complete makeover and finally sees liquid-cooling for 2013, which adds a nice bump in power without losing any of the character feel we’ve all come to love. Add to that an impressive array of electronics, like ABS, traction control, cruise control, and (optional) Dynamic ESA, BMW’s semi-active suspension, and the GS is a real gem of a motorcycle.

It’s great for tall people, too. With an adjustable seat height ranging from 33.5 to 34.3 inches, long legs will feel right at home. Better still, Cycle-Ergo calculates the knee bend to be a gentle 91 degrees. Really tall riders should opt for the upcoming Adventure model, which gets you an even taller seat height and more relaxed knee bend. The picture above is of the current, liquid-cooled GS, but the former air-cooled variants are only a smidge less forgiving for the tall rider.